Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Catskills Irish Arts Week set for July 10-16

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This year’s Catskills Irish Arts Week (CIAW) has been set for the week of July10-16 and this year marks the 17th celebration of Irish art, music, language, and culture in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

The CIAW gives musicians and dancers a chance to learn and perform with their fellow artists. The organizers “have assembled another terrific faculty of teachers and entertainers who will continue to make the CIAW the place to be for serious fans of Irish traditional music and dance and for those who want to learn more and improve their skills in a wonderful social setting with an Irish Village atmosphere.”

The Arts Week offers classes in a wide variety of Irish art forms, culture, and music. Fiddle, uilleann pipes, button accordion, singing, bodhran, flute, tin whistle, piano accordion, concertina, tenor banjo, dance, painting, Irish history and language, storytelling are just some of the subjects that Arts Week faculty will offer classes on.

The visual arts and a variety of crafts have been included in the Arts Week for more than a decade and the program has been expanded this year. Included this year several types of Celtic jewelry, stone and wood carving, in studio painting and “en plein air” and a brand new class in St. Brigid’s Cross weaving.

The Arts Week culminates with the Andy McGann Traditional Irish Music Festival on Saturday, July 16th. It will be held on the M.J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre Pavilion Fields. It is still the biggest assembly of traditional Irish musicians and dancers performing in North America with more than 100 artists scheduled to appear. The Catskills Irish Arts Week Faculty provides much of the entertainment for the day but special guests will also be in attendance. Food and craft vendors and refreshments will be available for the entire day.

The Irish Emigrant - Catskills Irish Arts Week set for July 10-16

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